The laws changed over 20 years ago, in 1998 I think. Now-a-days, when you sell real estate at a gain, it doesn't matter what you do with the proceeds. The gain is still taxable income.
Starting in May 1997, the new rule is.........For a primary home, if you owned and lived in your house for 2 out of the last 5 years on the date of sale when you sell you can exclude the gain up to $250,000 for single or 500,000 for married from tax. You can not take a loss on your tax return. The rule about rolling over the gain to the next house went out in May 1997.
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